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Nina R. Ray, 77

Nina R. Ray, of Woodstock, peacefully passed away at home on Nov. 9, 2018, with her loving family by her side.
Nina was born Oct. 2, 1941, in Corinth, Miss., the daughter of Estes and Grace (Latch) McLemore. She married Jerry L. Ray on Dec. 21, 1958, in Ripley, Tenn. They moved to Woodstock in 1970 to raise their family. Nina was employed by Hartwig Hartoglass for many years, and Zeronine until her retirement in 2015.
She loved spending her time with friends and family, and enjoyed sitting around the table laughing, telling stories, playing games, and doing puzzles. Her absolute favorite thing to do was spend time with her three grandchildren, Tyler, Jerred and Ali, whom she adored. The sparkle in her eye shined brighter and her beautiful smile got wider every time she saw them.
She is survived by a son, Michael (Barbie “Gale”) Ray; a daughter, Annette (Tom) Grell; her grandchildren, Tyler Ray, Jerred Grell, and Alexandria Grell; and brothers, Scott, Paul, and Carlos.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Jerry, in 2013; a daughter, Cindy Ray, in 2017; and siblings, Asa, Herschel, Lester, and Ralph.
A gathering of friends and relatives will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2018, at the Schneider Leucht Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home, 1211 N. Seminary Ave., Woodstock, from 9 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. funeral service. Interment will follow in Oakland Cemetery in Woodstock.
For information, contact the Schneider, Leucht, Merwin & Cooney Funeral Home at 815-338-1710, or visit

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